Hip, slick and cool and yet culturally refined and somehow restrained, this neighborhood is just about as fun as it gets. Hubbly bubbly joints out the yin yang, live music, clubs, discos, hammams and cafes - what more could you want?
Hagia Sophia is a big ticket tourist attraction in Istanbul for a reason. It's spectacular. It's the Christian cathedral that became a mosque that became a museum under the sultan of secularism, Ataturk. Ataturk is the Big Brother-ish looking guy you'll see all over Turkey....more
If you're in Istanbul, you've got to see the whirling dervishes spin into ecstatic ecstasy with Allah. The music they dance to is played live and is almost as mesmerizing as the dervishes themselves. Non-Muslims are most welcome to the sema (the ceremony) because of the fact that this...more
There's more going on over (and under) this bridge than meets the eye. There a pedestrian walkway up top popular with strollers and fishermen. On the lower level (this is a double decker bridge), there's a whole slew of fresh seafood restaurants, cafes and shops which is kind of how...more
If you're a fan of the Adventures of Tintin, you'll feel like you stepped into one at the Grand Bazaar in the city formerly known as Constantinople. The array of exotics will make your head spin, the refined bargaining skills of the shopkeepers will empty your wallet faster than your chai...more
The family jewels will take on a whole new meaning at Topkapi Palace - there's the sword of King David, Moses's Staff and even a part of the Prophet Mohammed's beard. Those are just the stand outs for me but the list is much longer than that - holy relics are just part of the spoils of...more